EcoCentrics - Confronting environmental issues with live performance and music


Our latest show is a daring street show aimed at anyone who happens to be passing!  Hula-hooping, acrobatics, fire-eating and live music are part of a surreal breakfast scene featuring thwarted passion, everyday apathy and catastrophic global warming.  Will Mr X emerge in time from behind his morning newspaper?  Will he notice the seductive Tilly at her ironing board before she torches more than the toast?!!  Ideal for festivals, fetes, street theatre events.   

The Team

Karen Wimhurst (clarinets)  founded the Cauld Blast Orchestra,  (twice winner of the Scottish Jazz Awards) She currently performs with the free-improvisation group Zaum, (‘ the most exciting group in Europe today’ Penguin Guide to Jazz ‘06), Misbehavin’ and the seven piece celtic band, Big Top.  As a composer she has been commissioned by ensembles across the UK, receiving Edinburgh Fringe First and the Herald Angels Award for her work on shows with theatre company Communicado and Mike Maran. 

Tilly Twist, born Emily Ball, is a versatile, multi-skilled performer - favourite skills being juggling, hula-hoop and all kinds of fire props.   Having taught herself to juggle aged 14, Emily went on to attend Circomedia, Europe’s leading centre for Circus and Physical Theatre in 2005-6, and following this, their one year teaching course in 2006-7.  She has since been working as a professional circus performer and teacher, most recently appearing on BBC 1’s ‘Tonight’s the Night’ with John Barrowman. Tilly (or Miss Twist) has emerged as Emily’s colourful circus alter-ego, loving all things pink, glittery and hoop-shaped especially!

Dr Amanda Boulter is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at the University of Winchester. She is a published novelist (Around the Houses; Back Around the Houses), award-winning essayist and author of Writing Fiction: Creative and Critical Approaches. She has written many critical articles and regularly speaks at conferences. Her current work is focused on creativity and climate change. She is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Paul Jordan  has directed many projects at his local art centre in Shaftesbury, Dorset. He teaches drama at Salisbury High School, a specialist art college and has directed many shows such as Little Shop of Horrors, Oh What a Lovely War and A Midsummer Nights Dream. He has also produced and directed very successful musicals like We Will Rock You and The Wizard of Oz.

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July 16th/17th  Zirkus  Barrow in Furness, Cumbria

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